Assesses injuries, administers emergency medical care, and extricates trapped individuals. Transports injured or sick persons to medical facilities.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Administers first aid treatment or life support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital settings.
- Operates equipment, such as electrocardiograms (EKGs), external defibrillators, or bag valve mask resuscitators, in advanced life support environments.
- Performs emergency diagnostic and treatment procedures, such as stomach suction, airway management, or heart monitoring, during ambulance ride.
- Observes, records, and reports to physician the patient's condition or injury, the treatment provided, and reactions to drugs or treatment.
- Assesses nature and extent of illness or injury to establish and prioritize medical procedures.
- Drives mobile intensive care unit to specified location, following instructions from emergency medical dispatcher.
- Decontaminates ambulance interior following treatment of patient with infectious disease and reports case to proper authorities.
- Administers drugs, orally or by injection, or performs intravenous procedures under a physician's direction.
- Coordinates work with other emergency medical team members or police or fire department personnel.
- Immobilizes patient for placement on stretcher and ambulance transport, using backboard or other spinal immobilization device.
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